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Marinol vs. Megace

i just had a visit. CD4 count is 180 and viral load is less than 400. I am horrified at losing weight. I am and have always been a petite woman(even after the births of 3 children)I have tried Megace and it seems to work well in terms of assisting wi...

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once again stress related to facial wasting??

I recently asked you about stress an facial wasting. I'm 23 and was wondering if stress can cause facial wasting. Or does it have to be associated with other illnesses.Thanks for your time.

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Ten year type 1 Diabetic with positive HIV for 4 monthswith

I'm aware of developing diabetes as a complication of AIDS therapy (anti-retroviral and protease inhibitors), but need information on the effect of HIV infection on pre-existing Type 1 diabetes and vice-versa. Since diabetes is immunosuppressive, wil...

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Diabetes is Caused by HIV?

IS diabetes a symptom of having the HIV virus?

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Can HIV cause Diabetes?

Yes, Say someone is HIV positive and does not know it, then gets sick with Diabetes. Can being HIV positive by itself without use of HIV medications cause a person to develope Diabetes..? It seems that people who are HIV positive have to take certain...

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Rectum pressure

I have had rectum pressure for three months now. I have a digit exam along with the microscopic blood test. The doctor did not find anything. The next step was a barium enema which also did not find anything. The doctor thinks it might be IBS. The pr...

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What are the possible Side Effects of Decanandrolen 200?

I recently purchased a bottle of Decanandrolen 200 from some guy a friend recomended. After purchasing the product I noticed that the bottle states that it is for Veternarian Use Only. The person I bought it from claims that its OK to use it. Can I i...

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HIV infection = allergies?

Can getting infected with HIV cause physiological changes in the body such that, allergies to certain types of foods emerge, where no such allergies existed before? HIV is an immunological phenomenon, and when I think about allergic reactions to food...

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Immune boosting Prescription drugs and Diet interaction with production of Antibodies.

On checking your forum, I find a few concerns about drug / diet interaction with antibody production. My country has very limited knowledge about HIV and therefore the doctors , when presented with flu like symptoms ( which could also be due to early...

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How does AIDS affect SLE (lupus)?

Hi. I was diagnosed with SLE (lupus) in 1990, and with AIDS in 2000. My initial T-cell count was 26, viral load 600,000. Unfortunately, I had been taking Methotrexate for years to suppress my immune system and help with my lupus. I have developed r...